July 30, 2017
Musings: Bungatini Brunch With The Cake App
The team behind the Cake app got in touch with me to try their app which essentially is a payment system. One would think, I already have a debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay and good old cash. So why would I need another one? But this is where the Cake app is different, it makes it easier to split the bill and you can get cashback on your meal whilst eating your way through London.
I chose Bungatini in London’s Covent Garden for Saturday brunch, and having been here before, I remembered how great the food was and the service. I also wrote a post on their unique mid-week night out called Burlesquoni here. Essentially, Bungatini is an authentic pizzeria with an emphasis on making you feel like you’ve been transported to back-street Italian pizzeria with a twist.
Meeting up with my sister-in-law a little before midday on a typical rainy Saturday in London, we had a quick look in the shops before navigating our way to Drury Lane for our bottomless brunch bonanza. At the moment, Bungatini can be hard to miss as it the building above is currently covered in scaffolding, but once you smell pizza you know you’re there. We were greeted by the front of house staff and taken upstairs and seated at our tables.
We were absolutely starving and having perused the menu online beforehand we ordered our food, opting for the same starters and mains accompanied by bottomless prosecco. Unlike some bottomless brunches I have been to, we were giving the whole bottle rather than waiting for the waiter to top it up which is a plus in my eyes. A short while later our starters arrived which were the ‘Wood-fired egg, Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano’. Which is basically this:
It was absolutely amazing and light enough that I didn’t interfere our ‘English Breakfast’ pizza main. You heard it right… English Breakfast on a pizza. Heaven is real and it’s this…
Consisting of tomato, mozzarella, sausage, pancetta and soft egg, I can happily say eating this was one of my favourite moments of 2017. You can check out the brunch menu here.
Next came dessert which was just as delicious , but after this meant paying. I may have been a little inebriated at this point but my dessert had me thinking of CAKE… I opened the app on my phone, gave the code to the waiter and was able to pay straight from the app. No need for fiddling with cash or card , you just have to use the app to pay. If you are splitting the bill, all the other person in your party needs to do is download the app and add their preferred method of payment. Easy as CAKE! Best of all, the receipt is emailed to you, so if you ever need to keep a record of how much money you’ve spent on food and drink, it’ll be here. But, don’t fret, you can also get cashback to spend on more food, which makes your wallet feel a little happier.
One of the things I really liked about the Cake app was that you can book directly with the restaurant and explore places nearby if you want to discover something new. Also, being the frequent Uber user I am, it syncs the app within it and lets you know how soon you can be at the restaurant at. Or if you prefer good old TFL , it syncs one of my favourite apps, CityMapper, which I have also written about here.
Overall, the Cake app gets a huge thumbs up from me and I can’t wait to start eating more of London (as wrong as that sounds).
Please note, this post is in collaboration with the Cake app but all views are my own.